Doctor of Engineering in Civil Engineering

Within the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, students are able to complete a Doctor of Engineering in Civil Engineering at VUT Research. Students who are looking to advance their career into a position of a researcher are advised to take this course and receive the qualification. We offer the qualification at our Vanderbijlpark campus only. The programme structure consists of at least two years of full-time study which is then concluded with a Doctoral thesis. This course aims to promote lifelong learning and an aptitude for training other students in similar fields, especially through their research.

Masters of Engineering in Civil Engineering, Doctor of Engineering in Civil Engineering

Build Your Future In Civil Engineering

  • International Focus -VUT Research’s degrees and academic programmes are internationally recognised
  • Focus On Mechanical Processes -deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment, including works like roads, bridges, canals, dams, airports, sewerage systems, pipelines, and railways.
  • Facilities -At VUT Research we have world-class research facilities and resource access.

Civil Engineering Course Requirements

In order for postgraduate students to gain admission to complete a Doctor of Engineering in Civil Engineering they need to have achieved the following:

Ad hoc cases will be treated on merit.

A doctorate qualification is the highest qualification that a student can achieve within the engineering field and makes them an expert in their desired field of study.

  • The proposed topic must be appropriate for higher degree research and it must be consistent with the academic aims and objectives of the student.

  • The student must have access to the necessary resources, facilities and the necessary budget in order to complete the degree within the timeframe.

  • There must be a qualified staff member holding confirmed, continuous or fixed-term appointments of sufficient length for the purposes of supervision of the proposed research and student.

  • The proposed program of work must be able to be completed within the maximum period of submission for the degree.

  • A suitable level of contact with the university supervisors must be maintained.

  • Where the applicant is currently employed, capacity to meet the timelines and other requirements must be considered.

  • The proposed research cannot reproduce research that has previously been submitted for the award of a degree or diploma.

  • Where the intellectual property rights of the applicant may be a consideration, a suitable agreement protecting the rights of the student needs to be signed. If the student is unwilling to sign an agreement, the research proposal may not be approved and the student may be required to choose another topic in an area that is not commercially sensitive.

  • The applicant should have no outstanding financial obligation with the University and in the case of international applicants, they should be able to verify the necessary financial capacity to undertake the program.

  • The applicant must possess sufficient English language proficiency.

Career Opportunities

Civil engineers create, improve and protect the environment we live in through planning, designing and overseeing the construction and maintenance of building structures and infrastructure. These include roads, railways, airports, pipelines, irrigation systems, power plants and others infrastructure we make use of in our daily lives. Graduates who have completed a Doctor of Engineering in Civil Engineering stand themselves in good stead to advance their career into a position of researcher within the field of Civil Engineering. They will be able to conduct successful research that will enable them to advise on improving and developing new and existing technologies and practices within the relevant field which is important to the future of Civil Engineering and important to society as a whole.